Burnside Lawn Tennis Club was once one of the most well known and thriving tennis clubs in the West of Scotland. It’s been incredibly sad to see its gradual decline over recent years due to deteriorating courts and dwindling membership. It was with a heavy heart that Burnside Bowling Club (BBC) had to close the courts in late 2014 due to safety concerns.
are working hard to return these courts to their former glory!
Burnside Lawn Tennis Club was once one of the most well known and thriving tennis clubs in the West of Scotland. It’s been incredibly sad to see its rapid decline over recent years due to deteriorating courts and dwindling membership. It was with a heavy heart that Burnside Bowling Club (BBC) had to close the courts in late 2014 due to safety concerns.
But there’s light at the end of the tunnel!
Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club, located just a (misguided) Andy Murray lob away on Viewpark Drive, want to return these courts to their former glory. Our membership has risen from 100 to 230 in five years and we’re now bursting at the seams. Rather than closing membership and establishing a waiting list, we want to expand into these derelict courts to give us the extra space we so badly need and use our passion and energy to further increase participation in tennis whilst securing the long term future of this celebrated local facility.
We’ve agreed to lease the courts from BBC on a long-term basis, with these courts being absorbed into RLTC and the expanded facility operating as a single, fully-integrated club managed by us. This lease will go live once we have the necessary funds in place to upgrade these courts to the same surface and standard as our four existing courts at Viewpark Drive, and we’ve an 18 month period of exclusivity to secure the required money.
We’ve got a mountain to climb, but we’re up for the challenge!
We hope to fund the courts through a combination of existing RLTC funds, grants and a loan, topped up by fundraising. But for us there is much more to this project than money. We want to win the hearts and minds of the local community by working to save these courts in a way that benefits everyone, whilst respecting and remembering the proud history of Burnside Lawn Tennis Club.
That’s why we want to encourage anyone with an interest in saving these courts to get involved. Whether you’re a former member who’d love the chance to play on lovely courts again; a neighbour or passer-by who’s tired at looking out onto the sad, lifeless courts; or a proud Burnsider keen to secure the long-term future of one of its most well known assets; we want to hear from you! So, click here to sign-up to have your say and keep up-to date with all the latest news, offers etc.
In these times of austerity grants and loans are much harder to come by and we hope the Burnside community will show their usual generosity to help make this dream come true. Any donations, large or small will make a huge difference to this project and are hugely appreciated. Donations can be made on a no-risk basis by clicking here. If we aren’t ultimately successful we will refund all donations in full.
We’ve fixed a date for the Official Opening Ceremony (Saturday 4th November) when all the project team, supporters, funders, stakeholders, neighbours and the wider community will come together to celebrate this amazing achievement and formally open what is one of the nicest tennis venues anywhere in Scotland and a huge asset to the Rutherglen community. [30th August 2017]
We’re holding a Community Open Day at our new Burnside Courts on Saturday 2nd September. This is open to everyone and a great chance to try out our wonderful new Artificial Clay Courts, look round the new facility and find out what the wider club has to offer. See poster for details. [23rd August 2017]
Great to see our wonderful juniors enjoying their first coaching session on our fab new Artificial Clay Courts.[21st August 2017]
After 3 years of hard work and quite literally; blood, sweat and tears, our new Burnside Courts are OPEN! [12th August 2017]
What an amazing sight as our new clubhouse gets lifted into position! [16th June 2017]
Not a very exciting milestone, but hugely important nevertheless! We started paying rent for Burnside Courts today! Project #ReturnToSplendour is happening! [1st May 2017]
After a lot of hard-work and paperwork over the last month, we're thrilled to report that everything is now finally in place to start work! The contractors will be arriving on site on Monday 15th May and we hope that all work will be complete and the courts open for play by the end of July! [27th April 2017]
Great article in Rutherglen Reformer reporting the amazing news that #ReturnToSplendour will now happen![18th February 2017]
We're absolutely thrilled to announce that at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held at the Burnside Hotel on Thursday 9th February, our members voted overwhelmingly to save and expand into the derelict courts at Burnside Bowling Club. This has been a truly monumental task completed by a team of highly capable and passionate volunteers who are all thrilled their hard work has finally payed-off. With all funding and planning permissions secured and preferred contractors identified, we're delighted (not to mention relieved) that we can now crack-on with the work. We expect to start site works in March/April and hope to have the courts open in July.[18th February 2017]
At our EGM our members voted to resurface the Burnside Courts with Artificial Clay rather than replicating our current Artificial Grass surface. This allows us to benefit from the best of both surfaces, providing more playing opportunities to our members and making us more attractive to new members.[18th February 2017]
After two years of hard work and loads of ups and downs, we’ve done it! We've managed to secure all of the funding needed to save the derelict Tennis Courts at Burnside Bowling Club creating a fully integrated 7-Court Club, one of the biggest and best in Scotland! This is truly wonderful news which is all down to a small group of highly committed and talented individuals and the passionate support from the local community. But there's one last hurdle we need to jump. We always said we would take the final funding package to our membership for a final decision. This vote will take place at an EGM at the Burnside Hotel on Thursday 9th February at 7pm. Whilst only eligible members get to vote on whether to take forward the final proposal, given the huge benefit #ReturnToSplendour will deliver to the whole community and the huge support the project has amassed over the last year, we want as many project supporters to come to the EGM as possible to make your voices heard and make sure our members vote to save Burnside's Tennis Courts to benefit the whole community! [25th January 2016]
As we wait with bated breath to see if we've secured the funding needed to save Burnside's Tennis Courts, here's a wee film of Expedition #MOUNTENNIS - our successful attempt to play tennis on the UKs 3 highest peaks inside 24 hours![22nd January 2017]
Word of our club is spreading with Rutherglen LTC being mentioned in Parliament [8 December 2016]
We're delighted to welcome Charlie back to the club again this year to sell his wonderful Christmas Trees with a cut (excuse the pun!) going to #ReturnToSplendour. Why don't you pop round and pick-up an awesome tree and help the project at the same time? And don't forget to ask Charlie for your FREE Children's Tennis Coaching Voucher![8 December 2016]
We’re looking forward to our Annual Christmas Mingle on Sunday 11th December - a chance for all our members, friends and supporters to come together and get into the Christmas spirit. Oh, and the kids can visit Santa in his fab VW Campervan Grotto! How cools is that!? We will also be raffling kids and grown-ups hampers filled with festive goodies! All money raised goes towards #ReturnToSplendour and we very much hope all our supporters can come and join us for some festive cheer.[8 December 2016]
Although still over 2 months away, our BIG Annual Quiz Night raising funds for #ReturnToSplendour is now officially SOLD OUT! All 15 available teams have been taken. Sorry to those who missed it. It promises to be another great night![8 December 2016]
We’re thrilled to announce we’ve received a £20,000 award from Avondale Environmental through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. We’re inching closer![8 December 2016]
Our great progress over the last few months has won some more column inches in the mighty Rutherglen Reformer. Click here to read article.[9 November 2016]
We’re delighted to share some more wonderful news. We've been awarded £20,000 from Avondale Environmental through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, taking our fundraising total to ~£191,000. With a remaining funding gap of £39,000, we're getting very close indeed to our £230,000 target[9 November 2016]
We’ve just received some brilliant news! sportscotland have approved our £50,000 award. We’ve now raised ~£170,000 of the ~£230,000 required so are three quarters of the way there! The dream is getting closer![13 October 2016]
We’re delighted to advise that we’ve received Planning Permission for Project #ReturnToSplendour. This was needed to cover the new floodlight system, clubhouse and landscaping elements and we’re delighted our application has been approved in full. One of the conditions of this planning permission is that the floodlights must be switched off by 10pm to minimise impact on neighbours. This was our proposal and mirrors our operating hours at our existing courts on Viewpark Drive.[10 September 2016]
We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve received an award of £70,000 (£35,000 grant and £35,000 interest free loan) from the Lawn Tennis Association’s “Growing The Game” Fund. Adding this to the Rutherglen LTC contribution of £32,000, the £8,000 award we received from the TESCO "Bags of Help" scheme and our fundraising total to-date of £10,100, we’re now over half way towards our £230,000 target! Please click here to find out more about this huge milestone. We remain confident of being awarded a further £50,000 grant from the sportscotland “Facilities Fund” over the coming months. If we are successful with this, and with the bulk of the money then in place, we believe we can crack-on with the project getting the courts back into service for the 2017 summer season. [16th August 2016]
Expedition #MOUNTENNIS - our successful attempt to play tennis on the UKs three highest peaks in 24hrs - has so far raised a whopping £2,738 which will be split 50:50 between Project #ReturnToSplendour and Sport Relief. You can make any final donations at #MOUNTENNIS.[29th June 2016]
Expedition #MOUNTENNIS hits the big time! Check out the story of our adventure in the Scottish Sun by clicking here.[29th June 2016]
We’ve submitted an application for £70,000 of funding from the Lawn Tennis Association’s “Growing The Game Fund” – fingers crossed![29th June 2016]
We’ve submitted an application for £50,000 of funding from the SITA Trust – toes crossed![29th June 2016]
We’ve just received some good news! Our application for £50,000 of funding from SportScotland’s “Facilities Fund” has progressed to the second and final stage! Everything crossed![29th June 2016]
Click here to see all the photos from Expedition #MOUNTENNIS – our successful adventure to play tennis on the UKs three highest peaks inside 24 hours. It was a gruelling adventure in baking hot conditions, but our four man team of Jonny, Cedric, Jacob and Gareth, ably assisted by drivers Stephen & Andrew, managed to complete Expedition #MOUNTENNIS - playing a game of Tennis on top of the UKs three highest peaks inside 24 hours! Please click hereq to find out more. You can still donate to help raise money for Sport Relief and Project #ReturnToSplendour by clicking here [10th June 2016]
Hugely generous gesture from Ecosse Classic Cars who’re going to cover Expedition #MOUNTENNIS fuel costs. That was before they found out Stephen “Senna” Hutchison was driving! [25th May 2016]
Walkers for the walkers!Walkers Shortbread have very generously donated boxes of their delicious snacks to fuel our adventure. And here we were thinking Expedition #MOUNTENNIS would help us all loose a few pounds…. [25th May 2016]
Our #ReturnToSplendour Car Wash did a roaring trade on Saturday 14th May. This was part of our Juniors’ 50:50 fundraising efforts – 50% of the money they raise goes to #ReturnToSpelndour and 50% towards something they want to do round the club (within reason!). It was fantastic to see our amazing juniors pull together to do such a great job, raising a whopping £250. A huge Thank You to Coaches Cedric and Jacob for “supervising” and ACE Place, one of our key supporters, for hosting us at their Rodger Drive Nursery. Thanks also to ACE Place for organising a #ReturnToSpelndour Coffee Morning which raised a further £250 for the project. [25th May 2016]
Our accommodation for Expedition #MOUNTENNIS is booked! A 6-bed dorm in a Youth Hostel at the base of Snowdon. Stephen is checking for 5-star hotels nearby! #Diva [25th May 2016]
After extensive fitness tests and psychometric profiling, we’ve selected Team Expedition #MOUNTENNIS. They are climbers Jonny, Cedric, Jacob and Gareth along with our two dedicated drivers, mentors, motivators, navigators, nutritionists and tea-boys Stephen and Andrew. Commiserations to the hundreds of applicants who just missed out! ;o) [25th May 2016]
Expedition #MOUNTENNIS has raised £1,000 already! Thanks to everyone who’s donated so far. Let’s keep going and raise as much money for two fantastic causes! [25th May 2016]
#MOUNTENNIS has an official Expedition Van! A massive “Thank You!” to Inch Volkswagen who are lending us a shiny people carrier to get us all round the 3 peaks in style. [25th May 2016]
Expedition #MOUNTENNIS just got a wee bit easier! Get Buzzing are giving us a box of their delicious flapjacks to keep our energy levels up throughout our adventure. [25th May 2016]
We’re delighted to get the support of Highland Spring who’re backing Expedition #MOUNTENNIS as part of their #AnywhereForTennis campaign. If you can play tennis on the summit of the UKs 3 highest peaks you can play anywhere! They’re also giving us a pallet of water to keep us all hydrated. Very kind! :o)[25th May 2016]
Expedition MOUNTENNIS – our attempt to play tennis on the UKs three highest peaks within 24hrs to raise money for Sport Relief and Project #ReturnToSplendour has made the Rutherglen Reformer. Please click here to read the article. You can donate to this adventure by clicking here.[1st May 2016]
Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club are delighted to announce a major sponsorship deal with McDonalds’ new Rutherglen franchise which will provide FREE tennis to loads of local children. This new sponsorship money will cover the cost of our Head Coach Jonny Willcox and his team going into local schools to get them playing tennis on a sustained, long-term basis. Whilst not directly linked to Project #ReturnToSplendour, it further expands the role we’re playing within the local community, getting even more people enjoying tennis - further emphasising, and indeed justifying, our need for more courts. We’re indebted to Kate and Kenny Walker, the franchise owners, for investing in the club in this way. Kenny, a former Club Champion and President at Burnside Tennis Club, is right behind our project to save and expand into the derelict Courts and this is a brilliant and hugely generous way of him supporting this project.[1st May 2016]
The Burnside BIG Team Challenge was held on the derelict Burnside Courts in glorious sunshine on Sunday 24th April and was a huge success raising a cracking £1,600 for Project #ReturnToSplendour. Twelve teams of 5 fantastic sports contested 10 BIG Challenges and 5 MINI Challenges to see who would be crowned inaugural champions. In 1st place, and doing an unprecedented Burnside BIG Team Challenge and RLTC Quiz Night double, were Dougall Baillie Associates who lifted the handsome new trophy donated by Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club. A huge thank you to everyone who came along to support and all our amazing volunteers. A very special thank you to TESCO for donating all the food for the BBQ which was brilliantly cooked by our multi-talented French Coach Cedric. It was great to see so many people out on the courts having fun and hopefully this will remind the local community of what a fabulous facility this once was and inspire them to get behind our project to bring the courts back into service. Please click here to see some fantastic photos of the event which will hopefully bring back some fun (as well as perhaps a few painful ;o)) memories for all the contestants.[1st May 2016]
We're thrilled that local company Open Road Scotland have pledged their support to Project #ReturnToSplendour with a fantastic donation. Open Road Scotland aim to provide an unbeatable holiday experience through motor home hire and organised tours. We're indebted to them for their support - another great example of caring local businesses stepping forward to help save a celebrated local landmark benefitting the whole community.[3rd April 2016]
This year Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club will attempt what we believe is a world first! Playing Tennis on the UK’s three highest peaks within 24 hours. Head Coach Jonny, Lead Coach Cedric, Assistant Coach Jacob and Club President Gareth, and anyone else game enough to join them, will attempt to ascend Snowdon and Scafell Pike on Saturday 4th June and then Ben Nevis on Sunday 5th June wearing their traditional tennis whites and carrying a mini-tennis net, some rackets and a few balls. They’ll play a game on each summit and give anyone they meet at the top the opportunity of a tennis lesson they’ll never forget. To encourage the boys on their final leg and hopefully help them celebrate an amazing achievement, they’ll be joined on their ascent of Ben Nevis by RLTC members young and old. We hope that this gruelling challenge will capture the imagination of the whole British Tennis Community raising lots of money for two great causes; one national and one local. All money raised will be split 50:50 between Sport Relief and Project #ReturnToSplendour. You can sponsor the boys at our fundraising page here. Please donate what you can and spread the word to further raise the profile of Expedition MOUNTENNIS, Project #ReturnToSplendour and the wonderful sport of tennis! Flyer[16th March 2016]
We held our BIG Quiz Night in aid of #ReturnToSplendour on Saturday 27th February and it was a great success. Fourteen teams of 10 competed over 8 challenging rounds (and a wee game of darts!) to see who would lift the famous trophy. Congratulations to "The Backhand Returns" who won it for a second consecutive year. A massive THANK YOU to all the businesses who donated all the fantastic raffle prizes including David Lloyd Renfrew, DM Hall, Ciao Bella, The Burnside Teapot, Mimosa, James Burns Hair, to name just a few. Thanks also to all our members and supporters for donating some fantastic individual prizes. Your generosity never ceases to amaze! Overall we made a fantastic £2,100 for Project #ReturnToSplendour. Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a great night.[4th March 2016]
Click here to view our fantastic #ReturnToSplendour Film. A huge THANK YOU to Paul from Demus Productions, a Glasgow based Radio, TV & Film production company, for making this film. Paul saw one of our campaign posters and wanted to do his bit to help save the courts. This fantastic gesture is a great illustration of the support within the community for our project and a great example of how strong community spirit can help achieve success. Hopefully this film will help further raise our profile. Let us know what you think and please share with friends and family.[3rd March 2016]
We were absolutely thrilled to hear that #ReturnToSplendour is one of three local projects to receive a grant under the TESCO "Bags of Help" initiative! This money will allow us to tidy-up and landscape the grounds around the tennis courts making the facility something the whole community can be proud of. The public will now vote in local stores, including TESCO Burnside, from Saturday 27th February until Sunday 6th March inclusive on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. So whether we’re awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 - you decide! Click here to see a note which describes how and where you can vote. Don't forget to tell all your family and friends. Every vote counts! We’re guaranteed £8,000 but the extra £2,000 or £4,000 we could secure through your votes will make a huge difference to the project. Thanks in anticipation for your support! [26th February 2016]
We’re pleased to confirm the first two teams to enter our Burnside BIG Team Challenge are Fosters Funeral Directors and TESCO Burnside. A huge thank you to them for their early support and hopefully this will really get the ball rolling! Poster [13th February 2016]
We’ve just announced details of our Rutherglen LTC Annual Open Weekend which will be held this year on the 19th & 20th March. A real highlight of this year’s event will be a Wheelchair Tennis Demonstration and Taster session lead by GB Paralympian Kevin Simpson. We’re thrilled and honoured that Kevin has agreed to come and join us. A big priority for our Open Weekend this year will be to promote our campaign to save Burnside's Tennis Courts. With us having already effectively reached membership capacity and the Open Weekend likely to generate a lot of interest, it becomes even more important that we make this dream a reality to give us the extra space to continue to grow giving even more people the opportunity to play tennis more often. Poster [13th February 2016]
We were overwhelmed by the support we received at our pop-up information stand in TESCO Burnside last Saturday. Over 100 people registered their support for the project on the day taking the number of supporters to over 150 and this continues to rise as word spreads within the community. We were delighted to receive such a positive and enthusiastic response and this gives us great confidence and encouragement to push on and make this dream come true! [30th January 2016]
Local resident Paul Bridges saw one of our campaign posters and has offered to make a short film on the #ReturnToSplendour Project to further raise awareness and increase our profile. In addition, this film will be fantastic at bringing our funding applications to life; communicating the passion and energy behind our plans. Paul, who works for Demus Productions, a Glasgow based Radio, TV & Film production company, had no prior connection to RLTC or tennis in general. However, he wanted to do his bit to help save the courts. This fantastic gesture is a great illustration of the support within the community for our project and a great example of how strong community spirit can help achieve success. So, a huge THANK YOU to Paul and look out for him filming on the Burnside and Viewpark Courts over the next few weeks. We'll post the film for you all to enjoy as soon as it's available. [30th January 2016]
We’ll be in TESCO Burnside on Saturday 23rd January promoting Project #ReturnToSplendour with a pop-up information stand. This is a great opportunity to further spread the word within the community and get even more people backing our campaign to save Burnside’s Tennis Courts. Please pop in and see us. We’d love to see you. A huge thank you to TESCO for giving us this opportunity and backing the project. [16th January 2016]
We’re delighted to launch The Burnside BIG Team Challenge; a fun and exciting “It’s a Knockout” meets “Superstars” competition for local businesses. This will be one of our main fundraising events and will take place on the old Burnside Courts on Sunday 24th April. Click here to see all the details. In addition to raising valuable funds for #ReturnToSplendour, it will get people on the courts we’re trying to save catching their imagination as to what we can achieve. This will further raise our profile and hopefully gain even more support for the project. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in entering a team. [16th January 2016]
We’re truly shocked and humbled to receive an anonymous, personal donation of £500 to Project #ReturnToSplendour! This phenomenal gesture is a great illustration of the passion that exists within the community to save the Burnside Tennis Courts and how we can all pull together to help make this dream come true. Hopefully it will inspire others to make a donation, large or small to help make this happen. You can make a donation on a no risk basis [if we aren’t’ ultimately successful you will get your money back] by clicking here.[21st December 2015]
We received the fantastic news last week that we were shortlisted along with two other clubs for the Tennis Scotland 2015 Club of the Year Award. Although we ultimately lost out to Arbroath Lawn Tennis Club [who’ve done some amazing work this year and are a huge inspiration to any Sports Club], this is great recognition of the progress we’ve made over the last few years, the huge amount of hard work put in by a lot of people, and the success this has generated both on and off the court. Hopefully we can make #ReturnToSplendour a reality and win the award in 2016![21st December 2015] Letter
A massive THANK YOU to everyone who bought their Christmas Trees from Charlie at Rutherglen LTC. The sale of these trees raised a fantastic £450 for #ReturnToSplendour. [21st December 2015]
We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of Burnside Pharmacy, located at 273 Stonelaw Road, who’ve donated a whopping £1,000 to #ReturnToSplendour. This is a phenomenal gesture and shows the enthusiasm within the community to save Burnside’s Tennis Courts for everyone’s benefit. We’re indebted to them for their support and hopefully this will start the ball rolling with the wider Burnside business community. [9th December 2015]
We’re delighted to announce that all funds raised at our next, annual Rutherglen LTC Quiz Night will be put towards our project to save Burnside’s Tennis Courts. The BIG RLTC Quiz Night, which will be held at Rutherglen Town Hall on Saturday 27th February 2016, is the highlight of the club’s social calendar. It’s a highly entertaining and enjoyable night with great prizes. Anyone with an interest in saving Burnside’s Tennis Courts is invited to form a team and come along for a fun night and raise some cash for a great cause. But don’t worry if you don’t have a team, please register your interest by e-mailing email@example.com and we’ll do our best to find you one. [17th November 2015] Poster
We are thrilled that Charlie will be back at Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club on Viewpark Drive, Burnside from Saturday 28th November for a 6th consecutive year to sell his fabulous Christmas Trees. All proceeds made by RLTC from the sale of these trees will go into our fund to save the Burnside Courts. So pick-up a great tree and donate some money to help us return these courts to their former glory! [11th November 2015] Poster
We presented our plans to save Burnside’s Courts to the Burnside Community Council at their meeting on Wednesday 4th November and were delighted to receive their unanimous support. It’s clear the local community are right behind our plans![4th November 2015]
Our efforts to save Burnside’s Tennis Courts have made the Daily Record [28th October 2015] link
Banner is now up at Burnside Lawn Tennis Club. See picture [24th October 2015] here
Our flyer promoting our efforts to save the Burnside Tennis Courts is hitting the streets [24th October 2015] link
The Daily Record breaks the sad news that Burnside Bowling Club has closed the Tennis Courts after 100 years of continuous play [9th April 2015] link
Donate today to help save the Burnside Courts
We plan to fund the rejuvenation of the Burnside courts through a combination of existing RLTC funds, grants and a loan and we’ve made significant progress already. However you can help us achieve this dream better and faster by making a donation via one of the following options:
Option 1: Bank Transfer
Make an on-line transfer to the following Rutherglen LTC Bank Account:
Sort Code: 80-22-60
Account Number: 13793669
Ensure your name and words “RTS Donation” are included in your reference.
Register your donation by completing this form- this is essential to allow us to refund your donation if we are ultimately unsuccessful with project.
We will e-mail you with a receipt to confirm we have received your donation and will keep you up to date with our progress.
Option 2: Cash or Cheque
Post or hand-in cash/cheque to “Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club” c/o Gareth Ellor, Club President, at the following address:
25 Viewpark Drive
Register your donation by completing this form or by providing your name, address, e-mail and a contact phone number with your donation - this is essential to allow us to refund your donation if we are ultimately unsuccessful with project.
We will e-mail you with a receipt to confirm we have received your donation and will keep you up to date with our progress.
All donations will be fully refunded if project is ultimately unsuccessful!
Large or small, any donations will be extremely welcome and will make a huge difference to this project
The following local businesses are right behind Project #ReturnToSplendour. They’ve all made considerable donations to the project. We’re indebted to them for their support and generosity.
We’re keen to secure the support of further local businesses. If your business would like to make a donation then please e-mail Gareth Ellor. Your donation, big or small, will help us save this celebrated local facility at the heart of the Burnside Community, allowing more people to enjoy tennis. Any donation is made on an entirely no risk basis. If we are not ultimately successful, we will refund your donation in full. In return, we will promote your business as a key supporter of #ReturnToSplendour via our project website, newsletter and high-profile local and social media campaign. In addition, your contribution will be permanently and prominently recognised within the refurbished facility, serving as a long-term legacy of your contribution in making this dream come true.
We’ve received 4 letters of support from the following prominent stakeholders:
“You have done a tremendous job increasing the membership at RLTC over the past few years, and furthermore developing the range of coaching and activities to attract a wider demographic, so I am in no doubt whatsoever that you have the passion and energy to grasp this and succeed.”
Alison Harkin, Owner ACE Place Nursery.
“Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club are undoubtedly the most successful sporting organisation in the area. I doubt there is an organisation in the area that would put the funding to better use.”
Councillor Robert Brown
“I would like to express support for a club which has shown a great vision for the future. Not only has the club fully developed its own club facilities and grown its membership exponentially, but it is now looking for more opportunities to engage with the local area and to offer tennis to the widest possible audience. I believe Rutherglen has the passion, dedication and energy to make its planned expansion into the derelict courts around the corner in Burnside a great success in getting more people playing tennis more often and benefitting the whole community”.
Cathie Sabin, President of the Lawn Tennis Association
The following is an adapted and updated version of Burnside’s entry in the West of Scotland Tennis Centenary Handbook (1904 – 2004) complied by Rutherglen LTC’s Honorary President Myra Hunter.
Burnside Lawn Tennis Club established 1909
Situated alongside, and operating as an affiliated section of, Burnside Bowling Club, Burnside Lawn Tennis Club has had a long and varied history.
By the thirties the Ladies’ teams were doing well and the first team was playing in Division 2. In the same period the Men’s team were in Division 7. When a Junior Mixed Doubles League was introduced in 1937 Burnside entered a team and they remained in Division 1 until 1953.
There were two outstanding juniors in the club at that time, Isobel Vallance and Sylvia Litton. They played each other in the final of the West of Scotland Junior Championships of 1946, with Isobel winning 6-4, 6-2. Together they won the Girls Doubles against Cristine Morrison and Miss N. Roxburgh (Fort Matilda). Isobel completed the triple by winning the Mixed Doubles with John Baird also of Burnside by defeating Mr G. Ferrari (Pollokshields) and Miss Roxburgh. The two girls successfully defended their title in 1947.
In 1947 Isobel went on to play at the British Junior Championships at Wimbledon winning the Girls Doubles with Norma Seacy of East of Scotland. This began a career of International play and many representative matches for the West of Scotland.
The Men’s teams had to wait some years before they made their mark. In 1980 they won Division 2 (Junior) of the Calcutta Cup and by 1989 they had a team competing within both the Senior and Junior categories, winning both. From 1990 to 1997 the Men’s first team was in the First and Premier Divisions and the Club fielded two other teams.
When the courts were upgraded and floodlights installed, the Club was active in fundraising for the benefit of others. In 1991 Burnside Tennis Club raised £1,000 for the Chest, Heart and Stroke Association by having a 24 hour sponsored tennis match when about 100 members took part.
In the 1980's and 90's Burnside was such a thriving club that a membership waiting list had to be established. The gents, ladies and junior teams were all competing at a high level in the district leagues – the gents at the highest level. However, from 1998 a number of their best players left for other clubs and the teams spiralled down the leagues as a result. The club’s rapid decline from this point onwards was exacerbated by deteriorating courts and dwindling membership.
Airlie and Derek Brown have tried hard to resurrect the club over the last 10 years and hit a peak in 2009, the Club’s centenary year, reaching c100 members. However, with the courts continuing to deteriorate this level of membership was unsustainable without investment in new courts and facilities and wider volunteers to organise open days, coaching, competitions etc.
In 2014 the bowlers decided that the courts were no longer safe and closed the courts, winding-up the Tennis Section. Rutherglen LTC have been working closely with Derek & Airlie and the Burnside Bowling Club Committee over the last 18 months to return the courts to their former glory and re-establish Burnside at the forefront of West of Scotland Tennis once again.
One of the key goals of this project is to respect and remember the proud history of Burnside Lawn Tennis Club. So if you know of any interesting stories, facts, achievements etc. or have any photos, the older the better, please get in touch by clicking here. This will allow us to compile a much more authoritative record of the history of Burnside Lawn Tennis Club which will form a solid foundation on which we can record the next (and hopefully long and prosperous) chapter of this celebrated local facility.
At an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Thursday 9th February, our members voted to save and expand into the derelict courts at Burnside Bowling Club (BBC) using the funding package we’ve secured.
This is a win-win for everyone:
We get access to the extra courts we so badly need, easing congestion, and allowing us to use our tried and tested formula to further increase participation in tennis.
BBC get increased revenue through our annual rent whilst benefiting from our profile and energy.
The local community benefits from a rejuvenated tennis facility with a secure, long-term future - at present the Burnside Courts are completely lost to the community and are a blight on the landscape. We'll return them to their former glory, a thriving local club - something the whole community can benefit from and be proud of.
Scottish Tennis benefits from an expanded, vibrant facility which gets more people playing tennis more often.
With all funding and planning permission secured and preferred contractors identified, we're thrilled (not to mention relieved) that we can now crack-on with the work. We expect to start site works in March/April and hope to have the courts open by July.
To celebrate this fantastic landmark, we've opened-up a waiting list for membership of the expanded facility. We expect there to be considerable demand, so we're opening up this waiting list to make sure that our biggest supporters don't miss out.
So if you would like to join the expanded facility when the Burnside Courts open, then please sign-up by completing the form below.
In doing this you are committing to taking out a first full year of membership of Rutherglen LTC based on our 2016/2017 Fees which are detailed below.
Don't worry, you don't need to pay anything until the courts open!
To contact us please use our sign up/contact form here